Blue Elf Aloe (California Aloe)

Blue Elf Aloe Featured Image
Family:Asphodelaceae.
Genus:Aloe.
Scientific Name:Aloe ‘Blue Elf’.
Other Names: Spider Aloe, Hedgehog Aloe.
Growth Season:Spring to autumn.
Preferred Temperature:The best temperature for its growth is 65oF – 75oF (18oC-23oC).
Hardiness Zone:USDA 9b to 11b.
Average Mature Height & Width:It is twelve inches tall and twenty inches wide.
Toxicity:This plant is not toxic to humans or animals.
Blue Elf Aloe Summary

Blue Elf Aloe’s Physical Characteristics

The plant has no stems in most instances, in the few instances when there are stems, they are quite short. On the whole, this aloe is low growing and it also grows slowly.

Its lance-shaped leaves form rosettes from the very base of the plant. Leaves are blue-green and quite irregular on the edges so that the lance shape isn’t quite definite. Despite the dents, leaf edges also have spines on the margins. The leaf is about 1.8 centimeters wide

This succulent produces flowers whose color ranges from orange to red. They are tubular and they can grow up to two inches in length.

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Blue Elf Aloe’s Care

Watering: This is a typical succulent that requires just a little moisture in the substrate. The best watering method is soak and dry where you only water the plant when moisture from the previous drink is depleted. However, when the plant is planted outdoors and well established, it rarely needs watering.

Soil: The soil on which you plant the succulent should be well drained to enable water to easily flow through. Water flowing through the pottage is necessary because it would otherwise lead to waterlogging.

Fertilizer: Blue Elf Aloe requires little or no fertilizer especially when planted outdoors. The natural habitat for aloes is quite deficient in nutrients so they are well adapted to such conditions.

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Aloe Humilis Plant Growth

It is possible to propagate this succulent using seeds or leaf cutting. Seeds take quite a bit of time mature into full plants. Leaf cuttings grow a little faster than seeds but is isn’t necessary to use them. The plant produces pups in large numbers and they are quite easy to grow.

Blue Elf Aloe rarely needs pruning due to its low-growing nature. However, they may need pruning once in a while to remove flower stalks and any extra leaves especially the dry ones at the lower part of the plant. Rarely does a succulent of this variety require repotting. This is because it grows slowly thus it rarely outgrow its pot. Nevertheless, you can repot your aloe if it needs a new substrate. It is vulnerable to pests such as spider mites and scales. The most common disease with this succulent is root rot; it occurs when the pottage is waterlogged.

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